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Bidding for silent tree auction begins Saturday

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 3:51 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 3:52 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Freedom House, a domestic violence and sexual assault agency, will once again hold its silent auction for decorated Christmas trees.

Raylene Ferrari, Upscale Resale shop manager, explains that the silent tree auction has been a holiday tradition for Freedom House going back five years. “These trees are always so beautiful and all of the proceeds are used to directly benefit victims of abuse,” she said.

Freedom House has served Bureau, Marshall, Putnam, Henry and Stark counties for nearly 30 years. The agency provides confidential and free services such as adult and child counseling, legal advocacy, on-call hospital support and emergency shelter to an average of 600 people each year.

“A portion of Freedom House funding comes from Upscale Resale and events like this one,” shares Ferrari. “The Christmas tree auction is the store’s largest annual event.” With themes like “Cowboy Up,” Cheetah,” “Romance,” “Christmas Cheer,” “Winter Ice,” Whimsical,” “Bird Watching,” “Happy HALL-idays,” and “Feather Frenzy,” there will certainly be a favorite for everyone.

Bidding on the trees begins Saturday and will continue until 2 p.m. Nov. 24, with winners being notified by phone that day. The trees can be seen also during “Christmas in the Valley” on Saturday. Visitors can shop and purchase sweet treats from Freedom House’s bake sale. Individually packaged baked goods are still needed for this event and can be dropped off at the store or at the Freedom House office at 440 Elm Place in Princeton before Saturday.

Upscale Resale at 214 W. St. Paul St. in Spring Valley is open Tuesday through Saturday at 10 a.m. For more information, call the store at 815-664-2414 or visit Freedom House’s website at www.freedomhouseillinois.com.

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